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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

San Diego Money-Saving Tips

Free Museum Art

Visitors ages 25 and under get free admission every day at both branches of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla and downtown). Entry is free for everyone from 5-7pm on the third Thursday of the month.

The Circle is the spot

If you’re traveling on a budget or just want to be in a central location, stay in Hotel Circle. Every major chain (Holiday Inn Express, Radisson, Travel Lodge, etc.) is here, with easy access to every major freeway.

Check the waves

Before diving into the ocean it’s smart to check the weather and surf conditions at Pacific Beach ( and Ocean Beach (

Score Discount Theater Tickets

The Arts Tix booth, located at downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza, offers half-price “day of” discount tickets to theater, music, and dance performances.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Comic-Con!

The largest convention for comic books, science fiction, and related pop culture is held in San Diego every summer.

Free Public Art

San Diego is chock-a-block with street art by big-name artists like Shepard Fairey (commissioned in 2010 by the Museum of Contemporary Art) as well as lesser-known muralists (check out Chicano Park, which features murals depicting San Diego’s Hispanic heritage).

Take the Trolley

For as little as $5 per day, the red San Diego MTS Trolley is a fun and cheap way to get all around San Diego County, including the international border, Old Town, Little Italy, and downtown San Diego.

Go San Diego

The Go San Diego Card gains admission to nearly 50 San Diego attractions, including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Legoland California, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, a San Diego Harbor Excursion cruise, and a wine tasting at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center. Prices start at $69 for a one-day card.

14 Museums for $45

Get admission to 14 museums, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art, with the Passport to Balboa Park ($45 for adults and $24 for children; valid for seven consecutive days).

30th on 30th

The restaurants on 30th Street in the North Park neighborhood offer great food and drink deals (including local craft beers for $3 or $5) on the 30th day of each month.

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